ORLANDO, Florida -- When Ireland Nugent crawls, it's tough to keep up.
Soon, prosthetists expect the 2-year-old's parents to have the same challenge keeping up with her when she's on her feet.
"Within the next six to seven days, she'll be up and walking," Stan Patterson, a prosthetist who founded Prosthetic and Orthotic Associates (POA) in Orlando, told Ireland's family.
Early next week, Patterson says, Ireland could be taking her first balance steps since losing her feet in a lawnmower accident in April.
"It's so overwhelming," Ireland's dad, Jerry, said after hearing the news. "I'm excited and thrilled that we're really that close."
On Wednesday, Ireland met the team at POA for the first time. Using plaster, the team took a mold of her residual limbs to make silicone liners that will serve as a layer between her limbs and prosthetic sockets.
"That's going to help cushion some of the residual limb as Ireland walks on it," Patterson explained.
POA will be making the liners in their own lab and donating them to the Nugent family. The nonprofit 50 Legs will be helping out as well.
Patterson says the facility actually sees a lot of people who have lost limbs in lawnmower accidents, including Rick Shultz, one of their own prosthetists. Another patient they've helped is 13-year-old Jake Bainter. In 2004, he was injured in a very similar accident to Ireland's. He visited on Wednesday just to see Ireland.
"When Ireland gets her legs," he said, "She'll probably be super, super, super fast like me."
Jake's mother, Jodi, has written a book called Make It Morning about the life-changing accident. Jake's father, Brett, reached out to Ireland's dad, right after he saw the story on the news.
"There were a lot of dark days, particularly as a father that caused the injury," Brett said, adding that his goal now is to help families. "I can honestly say I knew exactly what [Jerry] was going through."
He knows what the entire Nugent family is going through as they get closer to physical and emotional healing.
"I was afraid that Ireland would be getting legs and she would be terrified of wearing them, but I don't think that'll be the case now," says Ireland's mom, Nicole.